Amenities

Art in the Park Baseball/Softball Fields Basketball Courts Restrooms Drinking fountains Fishing piers Grills Hand Carry Boat Launches Play Area Soccer Fields Wading Pools Swimming Beaches Tennis Courts

About

Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the city. The park serves as a natural preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl. The newly reconstructed 2.8-mile path around the lake provides a perfect recreational spot for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers. Many others use the athletic fields or visit the park for boating, picnics and swimming. 

Green Lake has multiple points of access for boats. The cove is 50' of shoreline at the eastern corner of Green Lake facing north, south of the East Green Lake Beach. East is 50' of shoreline along the eastern end of Green Lake at the foot of NE 64th St. West is located 50' of shoreline, northwest of Duck Island. The Small Craft Center has three low floats and adjacent shoreline at 5900 W Green Lake Way N. Priority use for these floats is reserved for Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation programs. 

History

Green Lake's Formation
Geologists say the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet, which also formed Puget Sound and other area lakes, formed Green Lake 50,000 years ago. Dredgings of Green Lake have produced volcanic ash from an eruption of Glacier Peak that occurred about 6,700 years ago.

Green Lake Park
The lake was included in the Olmsted Brothers' comprehensive parks plan, and was given to the City by the State of Washington in 1905. Green Lake underwent a series of changes over the next 15 years- it was diked, dredged and filled until it shrunk by nearly 100 acres! The last fill deposited in Green Lake was from the excavation of Aurora Avenue.

Swimming Beaches - Closed for 2017

Green Lake has two popular swimming beaches: East Green Lake Beach and West Green Lake Beach. Amenities include a play area for children, bathrooms, basketball courts, swimming rafts, diving boards and lifeguards on duty in the summer. Parking is available at each beach and the park is easily accessible by bicycle.

East & West Green Lake Beaches

Closed for 2017. See you next summer!

Pickleball Conversion Pilot

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Planning and Development Division is leading a pilot project to implement lining of multiple tennis court sites for pickleball. The sites will be lined for shared use by both pickleball and tennis players. There will be no changes made to the tennis nets. The tennis court sites were selected based on demand for more pickleball and the following feasibility criteria: accessibility, current court use, existing court conditions, and equitable distribution.

The following courts are potential courts recommended for pickleball:

  • South Park Community Center in southwest district
  • Georgetown Playfield in south-central district
  • Delridge Community Center in southwest district
  • Discovery Park Court in central-west district
  • Miller Community Center in central-east district
  • Soundview Playfield in northwest district
  • Green Lake Park in central-north district

Seattle Parks and Recreation will be gathering comments through Sept. 5, 2017. For questions or to comment on this pilot project please email pickleball@seattle.gov.